MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Jr. F, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea had a monster week, averaging 29 points, 10.5 rebounds, six blocks and 2.5 steals in a pair of games. At Kent State, McCrea nearly posted the school's first ever triple-double when he finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and a career-best eight blocked shots. Seven of his rebounds were offensive, resulting in 10 second chance points. Against Akron, McCrea led the Bulls with 26 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three steals, handing Akron its first conference loss and snapping the Zips 19-game winning streak. UB's junior forward shot 13-of-18 from the field and scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State
Sr., G, Muncie, Ind. (Central)
Scaife exploded for an average of 31.0 points per game last week to help Ball State to a pair of key MAC victories in the fight for tournament seeding. The senior guard poured in a career-high 34 points Wednesday against Central Michigan and then went for 28 on the road Saturday at Toledo. Scaife blistered the nets, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor (16 for 28), 55 percent from 3-point range (11 for 20) and 82.6 percent from the free throw line (19 for 23) for the week. His 34 points Wednesday against Central Michigan are the most by any player in the MAC this season. Scaife, who is averaging nearly 26 points per game over the past six contests, has climbed to second in the league at 20.0 points per game in conference play. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Ball State's two wins last week.
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Center, Senior, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport )
Marshall helped Akron to a 1-1 record over the past week while averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocked shots and 2.0 steals per game. In Akron’s 88-81 overtime victory at Ohio on Wednesday, Marshall posted 16 points, seven boards, four blocked shots and one steal while connecting on 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. In the Zips 81-67 loss at Buffalo, Marshall led the way with 17 points, six boards, five blocked shots and three steals. With his fourth swat of the game, Marshall became just the second player in MAC history to record at least 100 blocked shots in a season (101). He finished the week shooting 70.0 percent from the floor (14-of-20) and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (5-of-7) while playing 31.5 minutes per game.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan
Fr., G, Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler averaged 17 points, 4.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists over two games last week, helping the Chippewas snap their 10-game losing streak. He recorded a double-double Wednesday at Ball State, scoring 18 points and dishing out a league season-high 13 assists. In the road win at Northern Illinois, his 16 points not only led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game, but he also notched team-highs in rebounding and assists. Fowler shot 67% (12-18) from the field and had a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the week. In league play, he is currently leading all freshmen in assists, steals, and assist/turnover ratio.
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan
R-Jr., F, Detroit, Mich. / Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)
Bryant led the Eagles to a sweep of a pair of Mid-American Conference West Division opponents this week. The Detroit, Mich. native averaged 14.5 points per game while pulling down 5.5 rebounds per contest. Bryant saw 35.5 minutes per game and shot 46.2 percent from the floor in a pair of EMU wins. First in the Eagles' 53-41 victory over Northern Illinois, Feb. 27, Bryant scored a game-high 14 points while pulling down eight boards, blocking a shot and picking up two steals. The redshirt junior shot 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the floor in the win. Next the Green and White dropped MAC-West leading Western Michigan, 50-49, in overtime, March 2. Bryant led all-scorers with 15 points while blocking two shots and picking up a pair of assists. He knocked down a game-best seven field goals while the win moved EMU back to 7-7 in conference play.
Randal Holt, Kent State
Sr., G, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Holt put together two of the best performances of his senior season in helping Kent State win a pair of crucial games as the Golden Flashes attempt to secure a double-bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Holt averaged 23.5 points in the two victories while shooting over 60-percent on 3-pointers (11/18), just under 60-percent overall from the field (16/27), and was perfect from the charity stripe (4/4). He poured in a career-high 28 points and was 6-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line in the Flashes' 83-81 overtime victory over Buffalo on Wednesday. Holt connected on a pair of clutch free throws to even the score with 1:22 remaining in regulation, which were the final points before the overtime period. In a 78-58 win at Miami on Saturday, Holt made 5-of-9 3-point attempts on his way to 19 points. Holt moved into the top 10 on Kent State's all-time scoring list on Wednesday (1,322) and his 11 3-pointers increased his school record to 234.
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Sr., G, Chicago, Ill.
Cooper averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals for the Bobcats in two games last week. Against Akron on Wednesday, Cooper led Ohio with a game-high 26 points and connected on five 3-pointers while adding five rebounds and four assists. During the game, Cooper became just the 13th player in the history of NCAA Division I men’s basketball to record 900 career assists. On Saturday at Bowling Green, Cooper chipped in 10 points to go along with a team-high six assists and five rebounds. During the contest, he passed Orlando Smart (San Francisco) to move into 12th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list. Cooper has distributed 907 career assists.
Paul posted one of the best all-around game for a Bronco freshman in the last decade in the team's 65-62 win over Toledo on Wednesday, pouring in a career-high 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. The 28 points represents the most for a Bronco freshman since Ben Reed registered 29 points against Akron on Feb. 11, 2002. Paul also added 12 rebounds in the game, giving him his fifth double-double of the season; no other MAC freshman can boast more than one double-double this year. Paul completed his week with an eight-point, five-rebound effort at Eastern Michigan on Saturday.